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College Students Selling Eggs For Profit?; Haditha Cover-Up?
Aired June 1, 2006 - 20:00 ET
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PAULA ZAHN, CNN ANCHOR: And good evening, everyone. Glad to have you with us.
Here's what's happening at this moment, what could be a dramatic new advance tonight in the dispute over Iran's nuclear program. The U.S. and other major powers are offering what they call far-reaching incentives, if Tehran suspends its nuclear fuel program.
Abu Ghraib claims another military career. A dog handler now faces up to three years in prison and a dishonorable discharge, after a court-martial found him guilty of assaulting prisoners.
And our nightly look at gas prices all over the country, we call it "Crude Awakenings." The states with today's highest prices are in red, the lowest prices in green. And today's average for unleaded regular, $2.86 per gallon. That's about the same price as yesterday, but 4 cents a gallon cheaper than it was just a month ago.
We start with breaking news tonight in another military scandal. The Associated Press is reporting that military prosecutors plan to file murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy charges against seven enlisted Marines and a Navy corpsman tomorrow. That is in connection with the shooting death of an Iraqi man.
It allegedly happened just west of Baghdad in late April. And the U.S. troops allegedly involved are being held at Camp Pendleton. This is a completely different case from the alleged massacre in Haditha.
Now, we have been following that story for the past few days, and it is shaping into a major scandal. You can tell just how serious it's gotten by listening to who's doing all the talking. For the second day in a row, President Bush spoke out, promising a full and complete investigation.
In Baghdad, a top U.S. general insisted that the military will never tolerate unethical or criminal behavior. Even Iraq's fledgling government has opened a probe of its own into what happened in Haditha last November 19. There is compelling evidence that, after their convoy was bombed, U.S. Marines started shooting indiscriminately, killing men, women, and even children. Then they allegedly lied and covered up what had happened.
Senior Pentagon correspondent Jamie McIntyre has been working his sources all day long, and he has just filed this report for us.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) JAMIE MCINTYRE, CNN SENIOR PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): One of the big questions surrounding the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha is why the cover story, that they were killed by a roadside bomb and resulting firefight, held up for months, from November until February, when "TIME" magazine began raising questions about it?
The answer, according to Pentagon sources familiar with an investigation done by Army Major General Eldon Bargewell, is that the Marines involved in the killings allegedly gave false information about what happened, and their superior officers allegedly failed to scrutinize their accounts.
There was another failing as well, sources tell CNN. Marines who arrived afterward were confronted and, in some cases, even photographed bodies that had been shot at close range, but did not challenge the official story. The mother of one Marine, Lance Corporal Ryan Briones, who was assigned to help clean up and document the scene, told CNN her son knew he had witnessed an atrocity.
SUSIE BRIONES, MOTHER OF LANCE CORPORAL RYAN BRIONES: It was -- it was horrific. It was a terrible scene. The biggest thing that keeps to his mind is the children, you know, that -- that were there.
MCINTYRE: In the wake of the findings of investigators, all 150,000 U.S. and coalition troops in Iraq are getting refresher training on the law of war and the responsibility to protect non- combatants caught in a war zone. The message is simple and direct.
MAJ. GEN. WILLIAM CALDWELL, MULTINATIONAL FORCE SPOKESMAN: I don't think there is any question in our mind, if you're carrying a locked and loaded weapon, you're not going to pick it up and aim it at somebody unless you feel your life is threatened. MCINTYRE (on camera): U.S. troops are being told it's not enough for them to follow the law of war themselves. They also have an obligation to speak out if they see others crossing the line.
Jamie McIntyre, CNN, the Pentagon.
ZAHN: Now, as these investigations continue into exactly what happened at Haditha, the Pentagon is ordering all members of the military in Iraq to go through a refresher course in how to behave. The military calls it corps warrior values training.
But just what training do U.S. forces get already to make sure they don't kill civilians?
Kathleen Koch takes us "Beyond the Headlines" tonight.
KATHLEEN KOCH, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It happens in every branch of the military, instructions in the rules of war, at basic training after recruits enlist, in officer school. In the Army, there's a refresher course every year.
BRIGADIER GENERAL MIKE MILANO, U.S. ARMY: Rule number one is, soldiers will engage only enemy combatants. Rule number seven is, we will treat civilians humanely. And on the other side, Army values.
KOCH: The rules are on cards and dangle on dog tags.
(on camera): There's really no excuse to forget...
MILANO: That's right.
KOCH: ... what the rules are?
MILANO: That's right.
UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTERS: No more USA!
UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTERS: No more USA!
UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTERS: No more USA!
KOCH (voice-over): And it's not just theory. In training, service members confront real-life scenarios to test whether they can apply the rules and make the correct split-second life-and-death decisions.
MILANO: So, we devise all kinds of scenarios that put soldiers and leaders on the horns of a dilemma: Geez, what should I do in this situation? Somebody just shot at me and then ran into that crowd. Can I call artillery fire in? Should I shoot back?
KOCH: So, the new corps warrior values training announced for all coalition forces will be a refresher course in what they have already learned.
GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Our troops have been trained on core values throughout their training, but, obviously, there was an incident that took place in Iraq that's now being investigated. And this is just a reminder for troops either in Iraq or throughout our military that there are high standards expected of them and that there are strong rules of engagement.
KOCH: Generals in Baghdad say, when it comes to avoiding civilian casualties, the rules are clear.
MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM CALDWELL, U.S. MILITARY SPOKESMAN: The young man or woman is not going to engage somebody unless it is a hostile force. And a hostile force means you feel that your life is personally threatened.
KOCH (on camera): Pentagon officials say, ordering the core values training does not mean current training falls short. But they insist that, if the Haditha investigation reveals a flaw in how troops are instructed in the rules of war, the military will correct it.
Kathleen Koch, CNN, the Pentagon. (END VIDEOTAPE)
ZAHN: Even before the revelations about Haditha, the Iraq war was shaping up as a critical issue, perhaps the number-one issue, of this election year.
And, as I mentioned a little bit earlier on, President Bush was talking tough about Haditha for the second day in a row.
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BUSH: One of the things that happens in a transparent society like ours is that there is a -- there will be a full and complete investigation. The world will see the full and complete investigation. It also is a reminder to our commanders that they must constantly enforce the proud tradition of our military. And that's what they're doing.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ZAHN: If proven there was a massacre, Haditha could very well be a political bombshell.
And joining me now to discuss its implication are two members of the best political team on TV, senior national correspondent John Roberts and senior political correspondent Candy Crowley.
Good to see both of you.
So, Candy, we heard some pretty tough talk from the president there. Ultimately, if it is proven there has been a massacre, what impact does that have on the president?
CANDY CROWLEY, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, what's interesting, I think, what -- and just from that clip you played, the president is clearly not talking first to U.S. citizens.
He said, one of the things about our society is, there's transparency here. And I think that speaks to the biggest political problem he has. And that's over in Iraq and in the Arab world, where this is just more fodder for them to fire at Americans. This is just yet another thing they can say, you see these Americans; they're supposed to be providing security; instead, they're attacking civilians -- so that the political problem for the president, the most urgent political problem, really is overseas.
ZAHN: But he clearly has a domestic problem as well, John Roberts, when you look at the polls, particularly on the issue of Iraq. So, how badly damaged is he by these allegations and by some of the latest info we learned that he actually admitted to learning about what happened in Haditha through a "TIME" magazine report many months after the fact?
JOHN ROBERTS, CNN SENIOR NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This -- this is more bad news, Paula, at a time when the president can't afford any more bad news. There was a couple-week period there where just the absence of bad was -- was good news for him, but now they're -- they're back into it again. And this -- this really speaks to the credibility of the -- of the campaign in Iraq.
First of all, we had Abu Ghraib, which became the prism through which everybody saw this war. Then, of course, you had the number of war dead, over 2,500. And now you have a potential massacre that may turn out to be, you know, while different in scope, still -- still, you know, the same in circumstance, perhaps, because as the My Lai massacre was in 1968 in -- in Vietnam, which really was, you know, the beginning of the watershed turn away from American support of that war.
So, he's -- he's got some serious problems now. And this really is about the last thing that -- that he needed, which is why they're trying to get so far out in front of this now, with the president saying today there's going to be a full and transparent investigation, and with the U.S. military now, you know, sort of retraining all of those troops in Iraq as to rules of engagement and ethics on the battlefield.
ZAHN: What does this mean for Donald Rumsfeld, Candy, if it's proven there has been a massacre there?
CROWLEY: Look, there will be more calls for Donald Rumsfeld to resign, particularly if it turns out, as we are led to be -- believe by reports, that -- that part of the problem, or at least one of the things that's going to be brought up, is whether or not these Marines, and -- and anyone who's over there, for that matter, has been trained too much in conventional warfare and not enough in this sort of insurgency kind of warfare.
That goes directly to the Pentagon. The fact of the matter is, there are plenty of people who have already called for Don Rumsfeld's resignation. The president has resisted them all. There will be renewed calls for his resignation, but, once again, he serves at the pleasure of the president.
ZAHN: Very briefly, in closing, John, what does this potentially mean for Republicans come midterm election time?
ROBERTS: Again, Iraq is the blanket of pessimism that hangs over this country and over Republican fortunes. And if there's not any good news coming out of Iraq in the next few months, it could look pretty bleak for them in November.
ZAHN: John Roberts, Candy Crowley, thank you both.
ZAHN: It was good to have you on.
And we're going to move on now to our countdown of the top 10 most popular stories on CNN.com. A bunch of you logged on to our Web site today. How about 19 million in all? Number 10 -- the wife of Dallas Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson could be facing assault charges. A Phoenix Suns fan says Cassandra Johnson hit her during an argument in game four of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday. Johnson denies the charge. Prosecutors are reviewing the case.
Number nine -- new information about the suspect in the abduction of Alabama lawyer Sandra Gregory. Police say the suspect has a record of robbery convictions. Gregory fought back as she was being kidnapped.
A little bit later on tonight: what you should do if you are ever in that kind of situation.
Also, we're going to have numbers eight and seven for you, along with a horrific mistake that absolutely changed the lives of two families in an instant.
ZAHN (voice-over): A horrible car accident involving two teenage girls -- their parents were told that one had died and one survived. But now, weeks later, they discover that the girls' names were switched. How could that happen?
And the "Eye Opener" -- fertility 101, the explosive new demand for egg donors on campus. Young women with the right looks and the right grades are making tens of thousands of dollars. Are they doing it for motherhood or for the money?
All that and more just ahead.
ZAHN: Still ahead, it could be a royal scandal. You know who this guy is? Well, now there seems to be an alleganis -- allegation, that is, that a U.S. teenager may be his daughter. So, what happens to the billions of dollars he's worth? We will explore.
But, right now, here's what's happening at this moment. One thousand California National Guard troops will be helping patrol the Mexican border, now that the White House has agreed to pay for it. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had been holding out against the president's border plan because of the additional expense.
The administration is promising a crackdown on methamphetamines. Officials claim, most of the drug comes from outside the U.S. and much of it from Mexico. It's the number-one drug problem in 60 percent of the nation's counties.
And here they go again. Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans begins his second term on the very first day of the new hurricane season. Nagin told supporters he has been tested and has weathered the worst of times. FEMA also says it's learned some pretty powerful lessons from Katrina. And forecasters say it will be a busier-than-normal season.
Tonight, the family of an Indiana college student is grieving. And the family of one of her fellow students is incredibly relieved and grateful that their daughter is alive after a terrifying car crash. But, only a few days ago, the families' roles were reversed, until a dramatic and shattering mixup was revealed.
Jonathan Freed has the story.
JONATHAN FREED, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Imagine discovering the child you thought died in a traffic accident, the child you thought you had buried, actually survived. That's what happened to the family of 18-year-old Whitney Cerak, when she woke from a coma, shocking everyone, because she wasn't who she was supposed to be.
RON MOWERY, GRANT COUNTY, INDIANA, CORONER: She was asked if she knew her name, which is standard procedure. She said, yes, she knew her name, and she spoke her name.
FREED: The name people were expecting to hear was Laura VanRyn, a 22-year-old who was in the same car wreck with Whitney in Indiana in April. It was Laura who was killed, along with three other students and an employee of Taylor University, northeast of Indianapolis.
So, Laura's family realized they had been sitting by Whitney's hospital bed for weeks. The coroner's office had mixed up their identities. That's when emotional whiplash hit both families.
KEVIN EVANS, GRANT COUNTY, INDIANA, DEPUTY CORONER: One family had tragedy, and the other family had a sense of joy.
FREED: In trying to explain the confusion, the coroner pointed to what he called the uncanny resemblance between the women, including body type, hair color, and facial features. Even Laura's family agreed.
And on a family Web site set up to chart what was believed to be Laura's progress in the hospital, the VanRyns say: "We will mourn Laura's going home and will greatly miss her compassionate heart and sweetness. We rejoice with the Ceraks that they will have more time on this Earth with their daughter.
The Grant County coroner apologized for the tragic mismatch.
MOWERY: The one thing that I am most -- regret the most is, it did happen on my watch.
FREED: A hospital spokesperson says cases of mistaken identity are so rare, it's not routine to check.
BRUCE ROSSMAN, SPECTRUM HOSPITAL: If there isn't any reason to doubt the medical record and the family that's along with the patient, then we don't -- we don't take any further action. FREED: At Taylor University, where the grieving has started again, Whitney and Laura's fellow students say they hardly have any emotions left to deal with this, because they're already numb.
Jonathan Freed, CNN, Chicago.
ZAHN: Right now, let's turn to our senior medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
As parents, Sanjay, you can't imagine anything more horrible than accepting what has happened here. Do you have any idea how this could have happened?
DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, you know, first of all, it's obviously a very rare type of thing.
But what we're talking about here is a complete lack of definitive identification of the woman who actually died. And that's -- that's a pretty standard protocol for most large counties with a medical examiner's office.
They made a point here -- Jonathan made a point that, in this particular county, it was a coroner who's responsible for the identification of the deceased. And, a lot of times, it's sort of at their discretion exactly how they're going to carry that out.
If it's a larger county, you have a medical examiner who relies on some sort of at least visual identification or dental records or DNA to actually identify the person who's deceased. Obviously, that didn't happen in this case.
So, you know, how -- how did this happen? I think it was just a -- a lack of definitive identification. Remember, the family of the deceased didn't actually wish to view the body. That could have been part of it as well, Paula.
ZAHN: And then, of course, the family that thought they were watching their daughter get better, it appeared, with the swelling down, that they looked the same. It's just shattering all the way around.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, thank you.
GUPTA: Thank you.
ZAHN: We hope this continues to be a very, very rare thing.
There is a legal way for some college girls to make thousands of dollars. It takes an operation. It is very controversial. Coming up, should it even be allowed? We're talking about selling eggs.
Also, a report that could save your life. What do police say you should do if a carjacker tries to kidnap you? Right now, number eight on our CNN.com countdown -- in Vienna, the U.S. and five European allies agree on incentives to get Iran to continuing negotiating on its nuclear program. But that will only happen if the Iranians agree to stop making nuclear fuel.
Number seven, we mentioned this a little bit ago. Monaco's Prince Albert is a daddy out of wedlock again. It turns out, this time, the child is now a teenager living in Southern California. The prince's other illegitimate child is a 3-year-old boy. We have got all the latest details on this, along with number five and six on our list, straight ahead.
Please stay with us.
ZAHN: All right.
I know $25,000 sounds like a pretty good paycheck for part-time work, especially if you're in college (AUDIO GAP) most college students constantly short of cash.
Now, put that together with the fact that tens of thousands of American couples have trouble conceiving, and guess what you get? A not-so-well-known industry that pays young women thousands of dollars to be egg donors.
Deborah Feyerick has tonight's "Eye Opener."
DEBORAH FEYERICK, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Meet Jamie Coahran, beautiful, bright, a varsity athlete. She just graduated from the University of Colorado. She believes in ghosts and wishes on stars. It says so right in her profile.
(on camera): They ask you very detailed questions...
JAMIE COAHRAN, EGG DONOR: Yes.
FEYERICK: ... things that you wouldn't necessarily expect. So, for example, food, your answer?
COAHRAN: My answer is crab.
COAHRAN: Fall or winter.
FEYERICK: Holiday. COAHRAN: Christmas.
FEYERICK (voice-over): It may sound silly, but these aren't questions for some dating Web site. It's an egg donation site for couples trying to have a baby, searching for the perfect donor. The details are in the DNA, and getting the right DNA doesn't come cheap.
(on camera): Do you think $10,000 is really a lot of money?
COAHRAN: I think it's a lot of money. Like, just knowing that they came at us with that offer, you know, right off the bat, I was just like oh, my goodness.
FEYERICK (voice-over): Ten thousand dollars, that's the price a couple agreed to pay for Jamie's next egg donation, twice what she was paid when she first donated last year -- the demand, even greater now.
Anywhere you find college kids, you're likely to find ads in student papers promising great money, too good to pass up, $10,000, $15,000, $20,000 for first-time donors. And it's money...
COAHRAN: See, we could do this.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That would be nice.
FEYERICK: ... 22-year-old Jamie and her new husband never imagined they would have at such a young age.
COAHRAN: We want to pay off some bills, and we want to get ready to have kids and to buy our own house and things like that.
ANDREW VORZIMER, PRESIDENT, EGG DONATION INC.: A couple that comes into our program can identify and match with a donor immediately, the same day.
FEYERICK: Andrew Vorzimer is president of Egg Donation Inc., one of 250 such privately owned agencies across the United States. In the last 20 years, he has seen the fertility business explode into a $3 billion industry, one that is largely unregulated. There's no set price for egg donations. Vorzimer, who doesn't work with anyone under the age of 21, says dangling high figures can be dangerously tempting.
VORZIMER: When you target 19-, 20-year-old college ladies who are facing $50,000, $60,000, $100,000 in tuition bills, they see these advertisements in their school paper, and they jump at it, without considering the risks, without thinking through the ramifications of going forward.
FEYERICK: The risks in very rare cases include infertility. The ramifications include donor babies who may one day try to find their genetic mother. Yet, the money can't be ignored.
(on camera): Why did they say, we picked you?
FEYERICK (voice-over): And women at Ivy League universities and top-tier colleges can command even higher prices. (on camera): You have blonde hair, blue eyes. You put your profile up. How long did it take you to get a match?
"KATE," EGG DONOR: I was matched the day that my profile went up.
FEYERICK (voice-over): Kate, who is private about her decision to donate and asked that we change her name and conceal her face, is premed at a prestigious Midwestern university. She got a near-perfect SAT score and will graduate in just three years. She has donated twice.
(on camera): On the second time, how much were you paid for your eggs?
KATE: Twenty-five thousand dollars.
FEYERICK: So, $25,000 even seems high to you?
KATE: It does, absolutely. It does. I don't know that I would have responded to the ad, rather than just going through an agency, if the number wasn't so high.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The scariest thing for most donors that go through IVF...
FEYERICK (voice-over): Egg donation requires a month-long commitment, twice daily hormone shots to stimulate the ovaries, and surgery under general anesthesia to remove the eggs. They are then fertilized. And the resulting embryos are implanted in the birth mother's womb.
COAHRAN: You got your appointments and everything. So, I mean, it's almost kind of like a job. It's like, why would you expect somebody to come and work for you and to do all these things for you and to be punctual, and not expect any type of compensation?
FEYERICK: Twenty-five thousand dollars is far above the $6,000 agencies say they pay for first-time donors. Yet, it shows how far some couples will go to get the right kind of genes to conceive their ideal child.
For example, Jamie had multiple offers, but her twin sister, who has no college degree, has had no takers in almost nine months.
COAHRAN: It's just so odd, because we're twins. So, you would think we would be as close to, you know, the same person as you could get.
FEYERICK: Critics say this smacks of genetic engineering. But Dr. Zev Rosenwaks, director of the Infertility Center at Cornell Weill Medical Center, pioneered egg donation, and he disagrees.
DR. ZEV ROSENWAKS, WEILL MEDICAL COLLEGE: When you choose a mate, you are choosing the mate on the basis of what your aspirations are in your life. You choose them perhaps for physical looks. You choose them for their intelligence. You choose them for their good nature. I don't think this is any different.
FEYERICK: But Dr. Rosenwaks does fear that these five-figure fees could push a young woman to make a choice she will later regret.
ROSENWAKS: I always worry about a fee being coercive. I want that patient who goes through egg donation to do it for the right reason.
FEYERICK: Both Jamie and Kate say they're doing it for the right reason and that no amount of money could convince them, if they didn't feel good about helping other people.
COAHRAN: I'm giving somebody the chance to have a family, and I'm filling that void for them instead of like, oh, I made some money doing it.
FEYERICK: Do you ever think about the possibility that a child with half your genetic makeup will be out there somewhere?
COAHRAN: I mean, I think it's always in the back of your head for any egg donor or sperm donor or anybody for that matter. I just think it's a piece of them now. I don't really consider like oh, that's half of me. You know, I think that that's them, that's their family, that's -- it doesn't really have a whole lot to do with me anymore.
FEYERICK: And right now she doesn't think her feelings about that will change. She may even consider donating again after she has her own kids. Deborah Feyerick, CNN, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
ZAHN: We've got a little footnote for you here. We reached out to more than a dozen couples who have used donor eggs. Not one of them accepted our offer to be interviewed on camera.
Now, if you only had seconds to act, would you know how to protect yourself from a kidnapper? Even a carjacker? Coming up next, some frightening pictures of what happened to an Alabama woman. How can you keep it from happening to you?
Also, as we begin a new hurricane season tonight, why are scientists warning things may go from bad to worse? And what is the likelihood of a major hurricane striking the Atlantic Coast this year? You'll find out.
First, though, No. 6 in our CNN.com countdown. A posse of angry ex-girlfriends bust a man who allegedly impersonated a U.S. marshal. Richard Kudlik was arrested at his New York home yesterday. The women say they posted his picture on a Web site they created after they learned he was really a married maintenance man. Pretty creative on his part, we've got to admit, though.
No. 5, a 37-year-old woman accused of molesting her 15-year-old husband has pleaded guilty to helping the teenager escape from state custody. Lisa Clark was sentenced to two years behind bars. She's already serving another sentence for statutory rape. Please stay with us. No. 4 is next.
ZAHN: Well, it may not be the season we really want to start today, but it's here. Hurricane season day one. And why are scientists warning that stronger and stronger storms are almost certainly on the way?
And does one of Europe's newest monarchs have a secret love child? If he does, she isn't so secret anymore, and she could be a teenager by now.
Top of the hour, Anderson Cooper gets personal when he is the guest on "LARRY KING LIVE." But here's what's happening at this moment. Right now firefighters are aggressively battling a raging wildfire in northern Arizona. The blaze is believed to have started on private land near Sedona and quickly spread to a national forest. There are no reports of any injuries so far.
There is word of another major loss of personal data, this time in Texas. A company that handles student loans in Texas says the personal records of 1.3 million borrowers were lost by a contractor apparently on a piece of equipment.
Hezbollah leaders are urging demonstrators to return to their homes after enraged mobs sacked and burned buildings in Beirut. A T.V. program that made fun of a Hezbollah leader touched off those disturbances.
Now, I want you to take a look at this chilling surveillance video of Sandra Gregory, a lawyer in Birmingham, Alabama, kidnapped and carjacked in a parking lot yesterday. Her ordeal lasted about nine hours. Police say her ATM card was used to withdraw cash three times and she was finally rescued after a tip led police to a hotel room where they found her bound on the floor. They then later captured the suspect on a balcony. After seeing that, you may wonder what you should do if you find yourself in a life or death situation like Sandra Gregory. Well we asked Rusty Dornin to find out for tonight's "Outside the Law."
RUSTY DORNIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): When she was grabbed by a kidnapper and thrown into her boyfriend's car in Alabama, Sandra Gregory fought back. It's tough to say if she could have put a stop to the abduction, but police say don't be afraid to go on the offensive if you are attacked.
(on camera): What if somebody's forcing you to get into your car?
RICK ANDERSON, ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT: Then what you do is you grab the keys, take any key but the ignition key because the majority of us have a set of keys on our key rings, and what you do is you just jam it into the ignition like so. So this way by jamming it in, you'll stop the car from starting up. DORNIN (voice-over): Here you see a woman in Texas at night running from her kidnapper, her car parked a long way from the store entrance.
ANDERSON: She could have been running and just screaming fire, help me, anything, just to draw attention. And at the same token the keys in her hands, take the keys and just throw them. And by doing that he wouldn't have had the opportunity to push her in her car and maybe drive off with her in the car.
DORNIN (on camera): Well let's say I'm in the car, and he's got a gun on me. He's forcing me to drive. What can I do now?
ANDERSON: What you do is you look at your surroundings. You see all these poles? What I would do is I would gun the accelerator, hit there.
DORNIN: So you aim, you go real fast, you aim, and then you smash into it?
ANDERSON: What it does is you'll release the air bag and you'll be cushioned from the impact. At the same token, it will startle the perpetrator, but also draw attention to the situation because you know, crashes make such a loud noise, you have other people running over to your aid.
DORNIN: Yes, I might have a chance to get out.
(voice-over): In this video from a California mall, a woman is chased by a man in a car and then on foot. It's hard to see in these images, but then she's captured and thrown into the trunk of a car.
(on camera): If the worst case happens and someone does accost you and actually throws you in the trunk of a car, let's say your car or even their car, most cars are now equipped with releases from inside. But let's say they have removed that release. If they have, you can kick out the brake lights and if you kick out the brake lights and begin waving your arms wildly, someone is going to stop or call for help.
(voice-over): In some cases kidnappers and serial killers have parked vans next to their victims' cars.
ANDERSON: Chances are, this is a good way, if someone really wanted to get you, they can just open up the door as you're trying to get in your car.
DORNIN (on camera): Right, as I'm trying to unlock the door.
ANDERSON: Snatch you and off they go.
DORNIN: Well should I get in on the other side then?
ANDERSON: I wouldn't even do that. What you should do is a red flag should go off right away. As you walk and you see that -- you don't know if anyone's in there, turn around and go back in the mall. DORNIN (voice-over): The most important safety tip, pay attention. And if you feel threatened, run. If the threat becomes real, scream, and don't be afraid to fight back. Rusty Dornin, CNN, Atlanta, Georgia.
ZAHN: Well I hope none of us ever have to use Rusty's excellent information there. Now last year's hurricane season was the busiest one on record. With a new season that just started today, why are scientists warning that the worst could be yet to come?
Then a little bit later on, a real-life story that sounds an awful lot like the plot of "The Princess Diaries." Does a U.S. teenager really have royal blood and a father who's worth billions? We've got the lowdown for you coming up.
First, though, number four in our cnn.com countdown. The search for suspects and a motive after a family is found murdered in their California home and a baby girl is left alive but seriously hurt. Police found the child next to the bodies of her parents and brother on Monday. They believe the victims were killed last Friday.
Number three when we come back.
ZAHN: And this happens to be day one of the new hurricane season. And after Katrina, we can all be hopeful that forecasts of about 10 hurricanes this year will be accurate. Sounds like a lot, but last year in fact there were 15, and we want you to know you can count on all of us here to be your hurricane headquarters throughout the storm season.
So the big question now is why we had a record year last year. Hurricanes were frequent. They were powerful, and they were incredibly deadly. But there is a debate going on over why. Global warming or something else? Here's Tom Foreman.
TOM FOREMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Global warming is making hurricanes more intense. That's the conclusion of new studies that some scientists find compelling. Their argument is simple: The atmosphere is getting warmer -- oceans, too -- and since hurricanes feed off of warm water, the storms are getting worse. What's more, they say, the impact is coming quicker and is more severe than they expected.
MICHAEL E. MANN, PENN STATE: Many of us who have studied the science of how the climate works in the past are frankly very surprised at what we're seeing. We didn't really believe that we were going to see in our lifetimes the kinds of impacts we already are seeing.
FOREMAN: The new Al Gore movie swings that claim like a sledgehammer.
AL GORE, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Temperature increases are taking place all over the world, and that's causing stronger storms.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The biggest crisis in the history of this country.
FOREMAN: The problem is, many scientists say this information is inconclusive at best, not true at worst. Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration generally agree global warming is happening, but they say something else is causing wind and water to brew deadly storms.
CONRAD LAUTENBACHER, NOAA: This convergence of conditions in the ocean and atmosphere is strongly related to something we call the multi-decadal signal.
FOREMAN: That's a fancy way of saying they believe world weather patterns have always produced cycles of strong, then weak hurricanes, and we're in a bad cycle now.
GERRY BELL, NOAA: It's reasonable to expect ongoing high levels of hurricane activity for many years to come. And importantly, ongoing high levels of hurricane landfalls for the next decade and perhaps longer.
FOREMAN: The U.S. has suffered terrible hurricanes in the past, long before global warming was an issue. But believers in this possible connection with global warming say they are gathering evidence to prove their case. This we know: The debate over what causes these monster hurricanes is itself a gathering storm.
Tom Foreman, CNN, Washington.
ZAHN: And meanwhile, the Army Corps of Engineers says it has met its goal of fixing New Orleans's battered levees by June 1st. They have shored up 169 miles of them at a cost of $800 million.
Still to come -- some new and shocking revelations about one of Europe's newest monarchs, and a bachelor to boot. What's going to happen to those billions now that there's yet another charge of an illegitimate child out there? That's ahead.
But now, let's take a biz break.
The Dow gained about 92 points. The Nasdaq, 41. And the S&P was up 15.
The big news tonight on Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange says it will merge with Euronext, transforming the first transatlantic securities market. The NYSE will unite with exchanges in Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lisbon, forming the largest publicly traded exchange, worth almost $19 billion. The latest economic news today was mixed. April saw the biggest drop in home building in more than two years, but the malls did brisk business in May, and retail sales were better than expected despite those higher gas prices we've all been battling.
And a brand new book revealed a royal scandal. What has one of the world's most eligible bachelors been doing in his spare time? Find out if stay with us.
And then coming up at the top of the hour, Anderson Cooper will be joining Larry King.
Before that, number three in our cnn.com countdown -- that's Anderson. We want to talk about Batwoman here. Well, you're not going to see her, but she returns to Gotham, and she's a lot different from the superhero you remember. D.C. Comics is reintroducing the character as a lesbian who's partially out of the closet. Batwoman first appeared in 1956, but was killed off in 1979.
Number two on our list is next. Don't go away.
ZAHN: All right, we have some royal intrigue for you tonight. Monaco's Prince Albert, you remember him. Well, he's now acknowledging having a second love child. She happens to be a 14- year-old American high school student who may be about to write her life story and sell it to Hollywood. So the news came first in a French newspaper interview with the prince's lawyer and in a new book being released tomorrow. Sasha Herriman has the details from London.
SASHA HERRIMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): He's one of the most eligible bachelors in Europe, ruling just one tiny corner, Monaco. And this 48-year-old prince is used to making the headlines. In an interview, his lawyers acknowledged a new addition to the Grimaldi family tree.
(on camera): Reports say Prince Albert admitted to a second illegitimate child. She's a 14-year-old American high school student called Jazmin Grace Rotolo, and she's currently not in line for the throne of the tiny Mediterranean principality because she's not Albert's legitimate heir.
(voice-over): The book by two French journalists identifies the informal addition to the family as the daughter of a former Californian waitress, Tamara Rotolo. The book says she had a short affair with the prince in 1991 on holiday in France with her husband. That could be a lucrative history for the daughter.
CHARLES MOSLEY, EDITOR, DEBRETT'S: I would think that she's going to get in the tens of millions of dollars, but it could be hundreds of millions of dollars, particularly. And this presumably was the thought of, if they can show that he effectively disrupted a marriage because Tamara, the mother, was married at the time. HERRIMAN: Unmarried Albert succeeded to the colorful Grimaldi family throne last year on the death of his father, 81-year-old Prince Rainier. Usually it's his sisters, Caroline and Stephanie who hit the headlines with their marriage difficulties.
But shortly after getting the throne, Albert admitted to one illegitimate child, a son with a Togan (ph) flight attendant, who was quickly ruled out of any succession.
MOSLEY: He'd better start producing a legitimate heir soon, otherwise he will be borne out from his previous endeavors in that direction. But he is getting on. He was born in '58. That makes him in his late 40s now. On the other hand, there are plenty of contenders, I imagine, for his hand.
HERRIMAN: So with a fortune of an estimated billion dollars, Albert's still a perfect catch. Sasha Herriman, CNN, London.
ZAHN: Good luck.
First, a story we covered earlier. No. 2 on our CNN.com countdown. An unbelievable case of mistaken identity. Indiana authorities actually confused 19-year-old Whitney Cerak, who survived a horrific auto accident in April, with 22-year-old Laura Vanryn, who died in the crash. The Grant County coroner has apologized for that mix-up.
O.J. Simpson's daughter's growing up and facing a very grown-up problem. What is it and why is that the No. 1 story on CNN.com? That's still ahead.
Sometimes a dream job comes along after retirement. That's the story for the woman you're about to meet. Here's Jennifer Westhoven with tonight's "Life After Work."
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's getting too low. Good. Right down, oh, that's nice.
JENNIFER WESTHOVEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Barbara Waskover may be turning 73, but she just landed her dream job, modeling.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, that's darling, that's darling, hang on.
BARBARA WASKOVER, MODEL: I had raised children, worked in a business that was basically for my husband and myself. It wasn't really 100 percent what I wanted. And I thought well now is the time for me to do what I wanted to do.
WESTHOVEN: She was discovered after appearing in a news segment on baby boomers. Suddenly agents were knocking. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That was perfect.
WESTHOVEN: This shoot is for Getty Images. It wants stock photos of people posing as grandmothers and granddaughters. When not modeling, Barbara lifts more weights than women half her age.
WASKOVER: Well, I used to lift 130, but I've cut back.
WESTHOVEN: This grandmother is also a grand master of the one- armed pushup.
WASKOVER: I just love life. The best thing about modeling is the fun of it all and the people that I meet. And truthfully, when you've been a mother and you've focused on everybody else, the mere fact that everybody focuses on you, hey, that's really got to be the greatest thing. I've never had this. So I never really thought it could be this much fun.
WESTHOVEN: Jennifer Westhoven, CNN.
ZAHN: Moving up to the top of the hour and minutes away from "LARRY KING LIVE." His special guest tonight, Anderson Cooper, who talks about his family and about chasing hurricanes on this, the first day of the hurricane season. We'll be right back.
ZAHN: Top story on CNN.com today, a big one. Nineteen million of you were logging on to our Web site. O.J. Simpson's daughter Sydney is sentenced to 50 hours of community service for slapping a police officer's hand during a fight last year at a Miami high school. Prosecutors say they will drop the charges if she finishes her sentence.
That's it for all of us, thanks so much for joining us tonight. We'll be back, same time, same place tomorrow night. Until then, have a great night.
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